Taft scored twice in the first quarter but the Bobcats got a TD of their own and converted the two-point after try to trail by just six points, 14-8, heading into the second period. A pass from QB R.J. Estrada to Nathan Magana gave the S-T boys their first period touchdown.
The Greyhounds added their third score of the night before the half to carry a 21-8 lead into halftime. The Bobcat offense had their chances, but a few mistakes stalled their drives.
“Again, we played good enough to put ourselves in a position to win, but costly mistakes proved to be too much to overcome. We continue to get better in many areas, but youth and inexperience continue to show,” said head coach Russell Joy.
The second half was all defense on both sides of the ball. The Taft Greyhounds put up just six points in the second half, but the S-T ‘Cats still could not generate a scoring drive. A fourth quarter safety was all the Bobcats could add to their side.
Skidmore-Tynan rushed for 152 yards on the night, with Donavan Encinia picking up 151 yards of it on 32 carries. Ryan Lakso had four yards on two runs, and Estrada carried nine times for a minus three yards. Estrada completed five of 15 passes for an additional 69 yards and the one TD. Magana had two catches on the night for 22 yards and the TD catch. Sabastian Hernandez also hauled in two of Estrada’s passes for 17 yards. Brandon East had one catch good for 30 yards.
Defensively, Kyle Nelson picked off a Taft pass for Skidmore.
The Greyhounds ran for 186 yards and passed for 113 yards. All four touchdowns were from the Taft rushing attack.
The S-T Bobcats will travel to Refugio on Friday to tangle with the district’s other Bobcats. Defending state champion Refugio is again 9-0 heading into its final regular season contest.
“Against Refugio, we have to limit the big play on defense and make them earn what they get. We also must eliminate mistakes on offense to keep drives alive and the ball moving on the ground,” Joy said.
The kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.